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Belle woman faces charges in DWI crash in Belle

Jessica Rohrer of Belle was arrested on suspicion of DWI after allegedly failing to yield to oncoming traffic and striking another vehicle, causing it to overturn.

A Belle woman faces charges of Driving While Intoxicated, four counts of Assault, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child after a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Belle in which four people were injured, one critically.

According to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, Jessica Rohrer, 34, was travelling south on Belle Avenue in front of the Casey's General Store when she failed to yield to a car driven by Atira Thompson, 28, of Smithton, which was heading east on Highway 28 when it was struck.

The force of the crash caused Thompson's car to overturn, injuring her and three passengers. Brianna Bock, 21, of Bland, was critically injured and was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. She remains in critical condition, according to Heitman. Two other passengers, Abigail Bock, 24, of Bland, and Samantha Sooter, 18, of St. James, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla by ambulance. Thompson was also transported to Rolla with unspecified injuries.

There were two children in Rohrer's vehicle, and Heitman says he is asking for two charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

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